By Damon V. Coletta
In dating technological know-how, Damon Coletta deals a unique reason for the decline of yankee management in international affairs. even if the yankee Century ends instead of later may well depend upon America's skill for self-reflection and, finally, self-restraint in terms of technology, know-how, and engineering. Democracy's affinity for complex know-how needs to be balanced opposed to medical examine and growth as a world company. In an period of emerging challengers to America's lead within the overseas order and an more and more globalized civil society, a "Scientific country" has a greater likelihood of extending its dominance. so one can draw towards this perfect, although, the us must re-evaluate its grand procedure. It should have a method that scrutinizes how tightly it constrains, how narrowly it directs, and the way a ways it trusts American scientists. If given the chance, scientists have the capability to steer a moment American Century via household technology and expertise coverage, overseas international relations, and transnational networks for international governance.
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Government officials 35 Science and the Hegemon: Speaking Truth to Power in a democracy cannot completely control information because of incessant demands by their constituents for transparency and accountability. 53 Democracy in reality has difficulty making policy choices when the truth happens to be unpopular. Unfortunately, modern science, given its highly specialized technical character, its large enabling bureaucracy, and serendipitous pathways to coveted technology, struggles to stay popular.
46 Scientific talent that posed political problems for party control could be imprisoned, it turned out, without necessarily ruining the scientists’ productivity. Graham documented how dissident physicists continued to improve Soviet nuclear weapon designs while under confinement. Camp life left little alternative meaning for these driven individuals except in the progress of their life’s work. 47 The undeniable development of Russian arms under the Soviets presents a puzzle for traditional accounts of the relationship between scientific truth and power at the level of the nation-state.
Accordingly, the more responsibility a modernizing state shoulders domestically or abroad, the more tempting it is for voters to clamor for research that will lead them expeditiously to convenient devices or more powerful machines, not necessarily a better understanding of Nature. 54 Examples of the professional principal-agent problem abound in modern 36 Science and the Hegemon: Speaking Truth to Power democratic politics. 55 Indeed, there may be no way for successful democracy to achieve the ideal of a Scientific State and take full advantage of specialized knowledge from the professions, since giving free rein to experts rather than placing them in technology harness would abandon popular sovereignty for technocracy—the polity obeying what unelected technocrats not the people decide.
Courting Science: Securing the Foundation for a Second American Century by Damon V. Coletta